• Les voix et les vies que Julie Otsuka décrit ici sont celles de ces Japonaises venues, au début du XXe siècle, épouser, aux Etats-Unis, un de ces hommes qui font arriver par paquebots entiers ces femmes choisies « sur catalogue ». D'eux, elles ne connaissent que des photos et des C.V. truqués, et se retrouvent souvent face à des maris brutaux qui les traitent en esclaves.
    Plutôt que de s'attacher à un destin unique emblématique des autres, Julie Otsuka opte pour de multiples voix qui racontent, tel un choeur antique, la tragédie de toutes et de chacune : leur misérable vie d'exilées, leur combat pour apprivoiser une langue inconnue, le racisme des Blancs, le rejet par leur progéniture de leur patrimoine... Puis le grand choc de la guerre. Et l'oubli.
    Lectrice pour Audiolib du Journal d'Anne Franck, Irène Jacob a le goût des textes porteurs de sens, et de mémoire. Elle donne aujourd'hui une voix d'une rare densité à ces femmes qui évoquent dans le beau roman de Julie Otsuka leurs vies confisquées par l'Histoire.
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  • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist A New York Times Notable Book A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.

  • Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination--both physical and emotional--of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point of view--the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family’s return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity--she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.

  • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist A New York Times Notable Book A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.

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